Arranging a direct cremation in San Bernardino, CA

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, affordable cremation for just $1,195 in San Bernardino!

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.

This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved from their home state or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.

Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options, a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are three main types of cremation service options.  A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present, and a cremation is conducted after the service.

A cremation memorial – where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held.  This can be with or without the cremated remains present and can often take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony.

Or there is a direct cremation – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains are given back to the family.  There are some variances around these three main options, such as a private viewing before the cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

How much does a cremation cost in San Bernardino?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.

A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.

Direct cremation will cost between $1,195 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in San Bernardino, CA

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, but no viewing or services are held.

The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains are made available for the family to collect (or delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.

For your best price on a direct cremation, contact your DFS Memorials provider in San Bernardino at (909) 285-1141, who offers an affordable direct cremation package for just $1,195 complete.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be daunting when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral service provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer or your budget.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary significantly between funeral homes for the same service.  For this reason, we recommend you compare some costs before deciding.

Comparing cremation costs in San Bernardino, CA

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL), which should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

According to funeral price research surveys in San Bernardino, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,253. However, some cremation providers can arrange a direct cremation for less than this.  DFS Memorials offer an affordable direct cremation service for $1,195 in San Bernardino.

When comparing costs and services, check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included? 

Cremation permits generally run at $25.00. What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48 hours?  Death certificates cost $21.00 each.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if he is required to sign the death certificate.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in San Bernardino?

You need to be aware of a few legal requirements if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

In California, there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed. Before a cremation can go ahead, the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county health department must issue a permit to cremate.

The deceased will be refrigerated during this period and longer if required. However, you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and are not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn everything about the cremation process, options, and regulations.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes, you can prearrange an affordable cremation in San Bernardino.  Advance planning can help ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and save your surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

There is versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.

You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports families struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.

You would need to inquire with San Bernardino County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available.  Generally, only the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low-cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $1,195.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in San Bernardino.  This is referring to whole body donation whereby after the donation is complete, the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally, funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization and sometimes charge a transportation fee.

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at 340 N. Mt. View Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

What you need to know about cremation services and costs in California in 2023

Affordable Cremation Service CaliforniaWhat is the cremation rate in California?

California is ranked as the state in the U.S. with the highest population (39.03 million in 2022), representing about 12% of the total population.

The states in the West also have some of the highest cremation rates, which has helped make cremation services more affordable and accessible.

Direct cremation service packages can be arranged for between $750 to $1,195 throughout California.  Read on to learn more about cremation service options and cremation costs.  Call your local location above, or visit DFS Memorials California to find your nearest location and cremation price and be immediately connected to your local provider.

So, it is apparent that cremation is a preferred alternative to burial for families across the West Coast.  How has this affected the funeral industry in California? And, more importantly, has this made cremation a more affordable option for Californians?

The average traditional burial funeral service in California can run to $10,000 or more, whereas the average price for a cremation service is between $600 to $3,000.  This means cremation services offer a more affordable and more flexible alternative to traditional funeral services.

How much does it cost for a cremation in Los Angeles?

As mentioned above, cremations can cost between $750 to $3,000.  This can depend on the type of cremation service selected and the cremation service provider chosen.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.

Call (323) 798-9055   Direct Cremation $750

Online sources quote that in LA, the average cost for a cremation memorial service is $5,278*, and the average cost for a direct cremation is $1,656*.

In the Greater Los Angeles area, a direct cremation service can be conducted for as little as $750.  A direct cremation is a basic cremation without any ceremony or services conducted by the funeral home or mortuary.  The deceased is collected directly from the place of death and transported to the funeral home or crematory.  The cremation is conducted, and the cremated remains are then returned to the family.

The chart here provides a sample of direct cremation prices from a selection of Los Angeles direct cremation service providers in 2022.

How do cremation prices compare in the Bay Area?

The Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Stockton, compares very similarly to LA, with cremation prices ranging from around $1,000 to $3,300.  Marin County has one of the highest cremation rates in the country, and cremation is certainly a popular choice for many Bay Area residents.

Several cremation companies have chosen to focus on the demand for simple and low-cost direct cremation and offer arrangements without the need to even visit a funeral home.  So, you will find a number of direct cremation providers competing for this affordable cremation market and offering direct cremation services for around $1,200.

Call (415) 286-9121   Direct Cremation $1,195

What can you expect to pay for cremation in Sacramento?

The average cost for a direct cremation in Sacramento is $1,613*, although again, cremation providers are offering lower-cost direct cremation.  The best price for affordable direct cremation in Sacramento is around $1,195.

Call (916) 229-6142   Direct Cremation $1,195

Cremation costs in Northern California.

The basic cost rises somewhat in Northern California, and a simple direct cremation service will cost in and around $1,200 in Redding and in the region of $1,400 in Chico.

Direct cremation in Southern California.

San Diego has a high cremation rate and a low direct cremation priceThe average price for a direct cremation is $1,374*. As the cremation market is competitive in San Diego, several funeral homes are offering very affordable cremation packages.

Call (619) 268-1962   Direct Cremation $1,195

Where is the cheapest place to be cremated in California?

Southern California proves to be the cheapest place to be cremated.  In Los Angeles and San Diego, direct cremation services are available for between $750 – $1,000.  Since both these cities have the largest populations in California, there will be growing interest from funeral service providers to capture more of the cremation market as the cremation rate continues to climb.  So, it is possible that the cremation market will become even more competitive and drive prices lower.

What laws govern cremation services in California?

Each state has a funeral licensing body.  It is their responsibility to ensure that state laws pertaining to the disposition of a body are correctly implemented and to conduct inspections and licensed establishments.

Before cremation can be performed, a ‘Declaration for Disposition of Cremated Remains Form’ must be legally signed.  The legal immediate next-of-kin must sign this, or if you are preplanning, you can sign the form for yourself.  This form is a written authorization for the cremation to proceed.  A contract with the cremation service provider should also specify the location and time of disposition and an agreement to pay the cost of the cremation service.

The funeral director must obtain a ‘Permit for Disposition of Human Remains VS 9’ from the county health department.  Commonly referred to as a cremation permit.  Once all the legal paperwork is completed, the cremation process can go ahead.

According to California law, there is no requirement for a casket for cremation, but a ‘combustible cremation container’ must be used for the purpose of cremation.

Cremation Service CAHow long does cremation take in California?

A cremation can proceed when all the required legal paperwork and permits are authorized and completed.  Firstly, the death certificate must be obtained.  How long this takes depends on the doctor signing the death certificate off and the nature of the cause.  Once a death certificate is obtained, and the Cremation Authorization Form is in order, the funeral director can obtain the permit to cremate from the county.

Generally, this all takes a few days, and the cremated remains should be available for you to collect within 7 to 10 days after the deceased was taken into the care of the cremation services provider.

Can you deal directly with a crematory in California?

In California, the use of a funeral home is not required by law. Therefore, if you so choose, you can deal directly with a crematory to handle the cremation. If you are not using the services of a funeral director, you would need to apply for and file the death certificate and obtain the Permit for Disposition from the county registrar.

Arranging a direct cremation & conducting a family memorial or ash-scattering in California

More families are opting to choose direct cremation and then perform their own memorial service.  This is a significant way to make death care affordable and personalized.  Once the funeral home has completed the direct cremation and the family has the ashes returned, a memorial can be organized at a time and place that is appropriate and meaningful.  All this can be arranged at a fraction of the cost of a cremation funeral or a burial funeral with a funeral home.

Visit our Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains or our Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas to learn more.

What is the cost of an ash-scattering at sea off the coast of California?

California has an expansive coastline and therefore attracts many residents who wish to perform a scattering of cremated remains at the coast or in the Pacific Ocean.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a sea scattering to be performed 3 nautical miles out at sea.

There are numerous charter services from Southern and Central California.  The cost for a sea scattering will vary, depending on whether it is accompanied or unaccompanied.  Unaccompanied scattering can start at around $200, especially if offered as an ‘add-on’ service by your cremation provider.  Charters for groups to go out to conduct a sea scattering ceremony will again vary, depending on the size of the boat, people attending, and how many hours at sea are requested.

What happens if you cannot afford a cremation in California?

Sadly, we are entering an era of ‘funeral poverty’ where too many families find themselves unprepared for funeral expenses.  Counties generally have an obligation to cover the costs for indigent dispositions.  However, there is very limited financial assistance for low-income people or simply living paycheck to paycheck.

A low-cost direct cremation is the most inexpensive option, but most cremation providers will require payment in full before they will collect the deceased and transfer he or she into their care.

If you have any further questions about cremation services in California, call your nearest DFS Memorials affordable cremation provider, who will be happy to assist you.

Sources:

The cremation rate in California

Population data

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2022

What does a direct cremation cost in Deltona, FL – $995

Today more and more families are deciding they want a simple and more affordable funeral option.  Be it that they cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a funeral or simply want a ‘no fuss’ alternative.  Direct cremation is the cheapest funeral alternative in Deltona.

For those families in Deltona who do not want to overspend on a funeral or cannot afford a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Deltona?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people are now realizing they can price-shop for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The Internet offers a great tool to research funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Deltona is $5,985*.

So how do cremation costs compare in Deltona?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can therefore reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Deltona is $2,940*.

Direct cremation services in Deltona, FL

Direct cremation is the funeral industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  The funeral home provides only the cremation service.  The funeral home provides no ceremony or funeral services.  The deceased is collected, cremated, and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.

Cremation prices in Deltona FLDirect cremation offers families in Deltona lower-cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.

A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue, or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with or without the cremation urn present. It can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony, interment in a cremation niche, or scattering garden. A basic direct cremation is available in Deltona for $995.

Call now at (386) 319-0779 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $5 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

Visit our Guide to Cremation Services – What you need to know about service options, the cremation process, and the legalities to consider when opting for a cremation.

How do I know that I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

What if I am unsure about cremation or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, and you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children to sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.ash scattering detona

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days, and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost in Deltona?

Yes.  You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.

In Florida, there is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Volusia county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally: Volusia County DFCS, 107 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Phone: (386) 423-3309

There is also a $255 lump sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $995 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area around Deltona?

The $995 direct cremation package is in Deltona and surrounding counties.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (386) 319-0779, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2022

$1,095 Simple cremation in St Petersburg FL

If you have the immediate or imminent need for a simple cremation, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $1,095.

Cremation is a popular choice in St Petersburg, and we understand that many families want a simple, “no fuss” option that can be delivered at a low cost.

When you can take care of everything by arranging a simple, direct cremation service, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $1,095 Simple Cremation Package in St Petersburg?

Our simple cremation service includes the following:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the crematory
  • Shelter & refrigeration of the deceased while authorizations and permits are acquired (and for the mandatory 48-hours wait period before a cremation can legally be performed)
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

Are there any extra costs?

Additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. The cost for a death certificate is $10.00.

Call us today at (727) 201-1616, and let us help make this difficult time easier. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help guide you through the process.

If the deceased weighs over 250 pounds or had a pacemaker, there may be an additional charge.

Can I preplan a cremation in St Petersburg?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at an affordable cost in St Petersburg, ensuring your family does not have the burden of worrying about funeral costs.

direct cremationWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains, or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath, or memorial reef ball, to name but a few!

For ideas, suggestions, and guidance on an Ash Scattering Memorial – Check out our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports families struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs, but this can vary county by county.  Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.

Remember – An affordable direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $1,095 in St Petersburg.

Visit this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 if you have further questions about arranging a cremation service.

You may also find this Guide to Cremation Costs in Florida helpful.

$1,095 Lowest cost cremation service in Naples, FL

Want to arrange a simple, no-fuss, and dignified cremation for a low cost in Naples? Then our DFS Memorials cremation provider can help you arrange an affordable direct cremation service.

A direct cremation is when the funeral home conducts no funeral services or ceremonies.

The deceased is collected from the place of death, transported into the shelter of the funeral home, prepared for cremation, and the necessary documentation is completed, and then the cremation is carried out. Once this is done, the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.

The DFS Memorials provider in Naples – Mortuary Services of Florida is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

How to Lower Funeral Costs by Arranging a Direct Cremation

Keeping the process as simple as opting for a basic cremation means that you can save dramatically on costs. The initial disposition is handled efficiently and promptly, leaving the family to focus on dealing with bereavement and estate management.

A memorial service can be held with the family once the cremated remains are back. This also means that the family can be in control of what kind of memorial service they desire (if any) and save further on funeral costs!

cremation-services-naplesDo it Yourself: Direct Cremation and a family-arranged memorial service

More families are finding that this is the answer to arranging low-cost cremation services today. In fact, some within the funeral industry see that the death care business is separating into two elements – disposition and memorialization.

Direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition, leaving the family to prepare the memorialization when and however they see fit.

Visit our Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas to find suggestions for how to conduct your own memorial or life tribute service.

If you are considering an ash scattering memorial service, you may wish to read our Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains.  How to scatter safely, and suggestions for different ash scattering options.

Baby boomers and cremation in Naples

Numerous retirees and baby boomers are living in Naples and Southwest Florida, and the baby boomers are bucking tradition and somewhat driving the cremation trend. The baby boomer generation wants simplicity and to be able to do something differently. They like the idea of a cremation that allows them to personalize in different and unique ways.

Add to this the fact that Florida is a snowbird and retiree destination, where deaths can occur when people live away from their home state. Cremation offers a much more flexible alternative to transporting human remains.

What does a cremation cost in Naples?

This is the “million dollar” question! The answer is that cremation costs do vary considerably between different funeral service providers, even in Naples.   A basic cremation in Naples can be conducted for as little as $1,095.

But it can also cost you as much as $2,000+ for the same service. The important message is to understand that the costs can vary so much and to ensure you check around.

The DFS Memorials provider in Naples is a licensed direct disposal establishment and guarantees to offer you the best price for a direct cremation service in the area. Call now with any questions you have at (239) 244-2418.

The only additional fees are county fees which are subject to change and as cash disbursements are payable directly to the county. In Collier County, the charge is $10.00 for a death certificate, and there is no fee for the Medical Examiner.

You could incur an additional charge if the deceased weighs over 250 pounds or has a pacemaker that needs to be removed prior to the cremation.

Check out our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn more about the cremation process, cremation service alternatives, and the legalities that must be met for a cremation to be conducted.

Cremation costs: How can I save money arranging a funeral in Phoenix, AZ?

The cost of dying these days is becoming as much of a concern as the cost of living!  Funerals can end up costing thousands of dollars of money we don’t have, or simply do not want to spend on death care.

With traditionalism in decline and families seeking alternative funeral options, especially those driven by cost, this article aims to help you understand some options that you have to save money when arranging a funeral or cremation in Phoenix.  A simple direct cremation service can be conducted for just $795.

How much does a funeral cost in Phoenix?

All funerals are NOT created equal! Yes, believe it or not, funeral prices differ dramatically, and you can end up completely confused by the array of prices and services! Funeral costs in Phoenix vary significantly, depending upon the funeral provider you select and the type of services you opt for.

The average funeral cost is around $9,000 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2021).  This is for a typical burial service, including a viewing, ceremony, all associated professional services, and a standard casket.  This does not include any cemetery fees or cash advance items. 

However, it is possible to arrange a traditional burial for half this cost by selecting a provider who offers more affordable funeral alternatives.  A complete traditional funeral can be conducted in Phoenix for $4,195 (not including cemetery costs).  Immediately this means you can save thousands just by shopping around and choosing a more affordable funeral home in Phoenix.

All funeral homes in Phoenix have a General Price List (GPL) that discloses all their services and itemized funeral prices.  By law, they must disclose prices to you, either in person or by phone, although you may find that not all funeral homes are willing to do so.  If a funeral provider is not open about disclosing prices when you make an initial inquiry – it should ring alarm bells!!

phoenix-cremation-servicesCremation: the low-cost funeral option.

If you wish to save money arranging a funeral – consider cremation.  Cremation is fast becoming a preferred choice for many families.  There are various reasons why we are now choosing cremation as a disposition option, but by far, the most common reason is the cost!

A cremation will cost you a fraction of the cost of a traditional burial.  In Phoenix, typically, you can save up to 75% of what it would cost you for a traditional burial funeral.  Cremation removes the need for cemetery expenses, as well as the need for embalming and a casket.  It can also offer families more time to prepare for a memorial service.

Instead of having to proceed with a funeral, a cremation can go ahead, and a memorial service arranged later with the cremation urn present.  This can be another way to save money and make the tribute much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Phoenix?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cremation cost is $2,250.  This is, of course, a national average cost, and the average cost of cremation also depends not only upon where you live but also on exactly what services are included with any cremation package.

As mentioned above, prices vary so much between funeral homes, which also applies to cremation providers.  A simple cremation can cost anywhere between under $800 to almost $3,000 – depending on where you go.

How to arrange a low-cost cremation in Phoenix, AZ?

If you are worried about funeral costs, then a simple cremation service is the cheapest option.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.

Direct cremation is a term used by a funeral home to refer to their basic cremation service.  This is a cremation without any services.  The deceased is collected and prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation is completed, and the cremation proceeds.  A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary box.  If you so choose, you can purchase a cremation urn from the funeral home.  You can arrange a direct cremation in Phoenix for just $795 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Phoenix

Cremation prices vary by provider, even within Phoenix, so it is important to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that you have obtained the best cremation possible.  Telephoning around or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and overwhelming.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research, so you don’t have to!  The provider we work with in Phoenix offers an exceptional value cremation package.

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $795, a direct burial for $995

and a complete traditional funeral for just $4,495 

Call (602) 638-1151    –    Providing affordable funeral options for families in Phoenix.

 

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in July 2022. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

Direct cremation services in Phoenix

As mentioned, a direct cremation is the lowest-cost cremation option.  Most funeral homes offer a direct cremation on the General Price List (GPL).  It is a simple process that manages the ‘mechanics’ of the disposition.  With the cremated remains returned, the family can then arrange to conduct the memorialization aspect of the funeral.

This enables the family to ensure that their loved one’s disposition is handled in a simple, dignified, and timely way whilst not overspending on funeral costs.  The family can gather for a memorial service later if they choose or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

I cannot afford a funeral: Is there any help with funeral costs in Phoenix?

Sadly more and more families are struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with funeral or cremation costs is managed at the county level, and the funding varies by state/county.  Contact your Local County human or social services to find out what may be available near you and if you qualify.  They can advise you on what help is available and whether or not you are eligible to claim.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and certain benefits for veterans.  Other than that, you can try local charitable organizations, unions, and faith groups that may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

Serving families in Maricopa County, Arcadia, Biltmore, Central Ave, Copper Square, Desert Ridge, East Side, Golden Gate Barrio, Maryvale, Maryvale Village, North Phoenix, Northwest Phoenix, South Phoenix, & Southwest Phoenix

Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services in Augusta, GA

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral today.  Cremation is fast becoming the preferred option over burial, with more than 58% of families now choosing cremation services.

Cremation offers a more affordable and flexible alternative to traditional burial services.  And with a growing transient and transplanted population, cremation can prove a more efficient and simpler way to arrange death care services when families may be dispersed across states or even countries.

How funeral care is changing and the economic reasons for choosing cremation

Firstly, deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families, this decision is dictated by their budget for a funeral. As a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial, this becomes a more affordable funeral option.

On average, a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial. Sometimes, you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service.  More families are choosing cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead, a cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted how we are changing our approach to death care today.  Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs.  A cremation provides a simple, efficient, and economical means to conduct a disposition.

So how much is a traditional funeral in Augusta, GA

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Augusta is $7,005*.  This does not include any cemetery costs, though, so the full cost of a funeral burial is likely to be nearer to $9,000.

How much does a cremation cost in Augusta, GA?

Cremation prices in Augusta DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes and depending on what type of cremation service you opt for.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.

So, it can be quite confusing to assess how much a cremation service will cost you. But, you can certainly be sure that opting for cremation will save you on the expense of arranging a full traditional funeral service.

The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Augusta is $3,946, but a basic cremation can be conducted for much less.  A simple, direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $1,095, although the average cost for a direct cremation was surveyed at $1,311.

With direct cremation, no services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation, and the cremation is conducted.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn.  If desired, the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.

To read more about cremation, the process, the options, costs, and laws, visit our guide to What Happens During the Cremation Process? From the Funeral Home Collecting the Deceased to the Family Receiving the Cremated Remains.

How to compare cremation costs in Augusta?

The cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – and from different cremation service providers in Augusta.    So ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and disposition permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

What are the additional fees that may be added to a cremation cost?

The death certificates are generally an additional fee as these are third-party costs that the funeral home must pay to Richmond County.  A death certificate costs $25 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional copy ordered.  It is usually advisable to have several copies for closing the deceased estate.

Disposition permits are issued to allow the cremation to proceed.  At present, there is no charge for disposition permits in Georgia.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved ones remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made along the way.

The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements, etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Augusta, GA

There are stringent laws and operating practices governing the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until a disposition permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

There is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after the death in Georgia before the cremation can be done.  It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed.  The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge.  If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition. You do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will insist all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation can offer greater flexibility in what you can do with the remains.  You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.  However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.  There are also options, such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains, such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price.  This may depend upon your age when setting up a prepaid cremation plan.  A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust.

You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying.  This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need without having to worry about completing the paperwork or making difficult decisions.

The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral.  If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you.  Social Security pays out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify), and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county.  To find out what may be available, you should contact Richmond County Human Services Department to inquire at:

Richmond County DFCS
520 Fenwick Street
Augusta, Georgia 30903-2277
Phone Number (706) 721-3000  

The deceased is being held at the County Morgue.  How do I claim the body from the Medical Examiner?

In cases where the deceased has been transferred into the care of the Coroner or Medical Examiner, you still need to employ the services of a funeral home, as only a licensed funeral director can collect the deceased from the county morgue.

Most funeral homes are familiar with the process and can work with the ME to get the body released as soon as possible.  You can also arrange a simple, low-cost cremation with your selected funeral services provider, as often costs can be maintained low when the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office at 912 8th Street, Augusta, GA 30060.

Hopefully, this brief article has helped answer a few questions you have about arranging affordable cremation services.  Please visit our resource section for more information.

*Prices obtained May 2022 from an online funeral price comparison website.

How to arrange direct Cremation Services in Avondale, AZ – $795

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives.

Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Avondale.  For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Avondale?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people now feel the same way about purchasing funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The average cost of a traditional funeral in Avondale is $5,825*, although the lowest price is $4,145.

So how do cremation costs compare in Avondale?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Avondale is $2,915*.

Direct cremation services in Avondale, AZ

Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation.’  The funeral home provides only the cremation service.  The funeral home provides no ceremony or funeral services.  The deceased is collected and cremated, and the remains are returned to the family in a basic urn.

Direct cremation offers families lower-cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue, or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with or without the cremation urn present. It can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony or interment in a cremation niche or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Avondale for $795, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,375.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $795.

Direct cremation means a family can conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $795.

Call now on (602) 638-1151 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Cremation costs in avondaleAre there any additional fees to the $795 cremation package in Avondale?

For a cremation to be conducted, a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $20 for the first certificate and $20 for each additional copy issued.

How do I know that I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

What if I am unsure about cremation or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, and you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children to sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium or keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days, and many options exist for creating a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

Cremation planCan I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost in Avondale?

Yes.  You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product covering this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork, and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  Arizona has a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation in Avondale?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Maricopa county DFCS to find out what may be available locally.

Maricopa County DFCS, 234 N. Central Ave., 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: (602) 506-5911

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $795 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area around Avondale?

The $795 direct cremation package is available throughout the Greater Avondale and surrounding areas.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (602) 638-1151, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2022

Arranging an affordable cremation service in Tempe, AZ – For just $795

Do you need to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.

The cost of a simple, basic cremation in Tempe is just $795!

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Tempe is $5,647*, and this does not include cemetery costs, so it is not surprising that families today are looking for more affordable alternatives.  So cremation is proving a much more affordable option.

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation can offer a less expensive and more flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required), and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A cremation can be better for families who have moved from their home state, or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.  Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options, a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

Cremation questionsWhat different cremation alternatives do I have?

You can opt between a very simple, no-service, cremation.  What is called in the funeral trade a ‘direct cremation.’  This is the least expensive service option.  Or you can choose to have a cremation memorial.  This is where the deceased is cremated, and then a memorial service is held afterward. You can also hold a cremation funeral, where the funeral is held before the deceased is cremated.

How much does a cremation cost in Tempe?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service is $2,837*, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  The average cost of a direct cremation is $1,368*, although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $795 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Tempe, AZ

If you are working on a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, but no viewing or services are held.

The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or, if requested, delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation, contact your DFS Memorials provider in Tempe at (602) 638-1151, who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $795.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be daunting when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral service provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer or your budget.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason, we recommend you compare some costs before deciding.

Comparing cremation costs in Tempe, AZ

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL), which should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

According to funeral price research surveys in Tempe, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,368. However, some cremation providers can arrange a direct cremation for less than this.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $795.

When comparing costs and services, check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48 hours? 

Death certificates cost $20.00 for the first and $20 for each additional death certificate required.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if they are required to sign the death certificate.

cremation laws ArizonaWhat legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Tempe?

You need to be aware of a few legal requirements if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

Arizona has a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before the cremation can proceed. Before a cremation can go ahead, the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county health department must issue a permit to cremate.

The deceased will be refrigerated during this period and longer if required. However, you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and are not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at a low cost to ensure your family does not have the burden of worrying about funeral costs.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath, or memorial reef ball, to name but a few!

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who truly are indigent.  Some counties have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs, but this can vary county by county.

You need to inquire with the Maricopa County Human Services Department at 234 N. Central Ave., 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Phone: (602) 506-5911 to find out if assistance is available.  Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.  A low-cost direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $795.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Tempe.  This refers to whole body donation whereby after the donation is completed, the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally, funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization and sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all, they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at 4419 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

Suppose there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office. In that case, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

Maricopa County Coroner, 701 W Jefferson Street, Pheonix, AZ 85007 Phone: (602) 505-3322

Hopefully, this short guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Tempe has answered some of your questions and helped you understand how to save costs on a cremation.  If you want to read more about cremation planning, please visit the Funeral Resouces section on US Funerals Online or check out their Ultimate Guide to Cremation.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2022

Cremation costs in Little Rock, AR

Today more funeral consumers are requesting simple cremation services.  This trend is said to be driven by several cultural changes – economic, environmental, people migration, declining religiosity, and baby boomers.  Whatever the reason, cremation is certainly changing our perspectives on funeral options and end-of-life alternatives.  This short guide aims to provide you with an overview of how to arrange a simple, low-cost cremation in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Little Rock?

One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the average cost of cremation?’  A cremation can range in price from as little as $777 to $3,700. A direct cremation service is the least expensive cremation option and can be arranged for less than $800.

The average cost for a direct cremation in Arkansas is $1,393.

The average cost of a cremation will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select and what ancillary products or services you choose.  A full-service cremation with tributes is likely to cost in the region of $3,500.

Cremation Packages

All funeral homes in Arkansas MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which outlines their prices.  Legally prices must be disclosed to you if you make an inquiry, either in person or by phone.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes openly disclose cremation prices on their website, and sometimes it can even be difficult to extract a simple, complete price over the phone!

Some funeral homes do offer packaged service options, as opposed to the ‘a la carte’ style of a GPL.  A cremation package can offer a solution to making minutia detail over arrangements and ensure you know exactly what price you are paying for a cremation service.

Generally, most funeral homes or cremation providers package a basic, mid-range, and full-service cremation option.  A basic cremation would be a direct or immediate cremation without any ceremony, a mid-range cremation package would offer a memorial tribute service or private family gathering, and a full-service cremation is everything that a traditional funeral would offer.

Direct cremation in Little Rock

Direct cremation is the fastest-growing cremation trend.  Why? Because it offers families a no-fuss, low-cost funeral alternative, which manages the process of the disposition and leaves the family in control of the personalization or memorial tribute.  With direct cremation, the deceased is collected, sheltered at the cremation facility/funeral home, cremated, and then the cremated remains returned to the family.

A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are returned in a temporary urn.  This means the costs are kept low, and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $777.

Call DFS Memorials now on (501) 203-9717 to arrange an affordable direct cremation.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Little Rock?

Choosing a funeral home to deliver your cremation service is not always as simple as it may seem.  Most funeral homes offer cremation services today, but not all funeral homes have their own crematory.  This can affect both the cost of the cremation process and how comfortable you feel about the service levels/timescales a funeral home can provide.

If finances and a limited budget dictate your funeral spending, you need to seek a low-cost cremation provider.  Be sure to check around and compare prices and ensure you compare like-for-like cremation packages and costs.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

You will generally save at least 40-50% by opting for cremation instead of a traditional burial.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, burial vault, or cemetery plot, and this can save thousands of dollars.  A direct cremation can save you thousands on the cost of a full-service cremation.  It is still a dignified option; you can arrange your memorial tribute as and when the family chooses.  No need to pay a funeral home for elaborate chapels, guest books, or memorial boards – you can hold a ceremony at a location of your choosing [sometimes at no cost] and make your own memorial memorabilia.

DFS Memorials Little Rock – Call (501) 203-9717

Direct Cremation $777 complete

I cannot afford a funeral. What financial assistance is there to help with cremation costs in Little Rock?

This is a frequent question we are asked. There is very limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the public aid level (if any).  If you are struggling financially and worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may wish to try consulting your county social services or human services.   The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

There is a Social Security lump sum death benefit of $255 for those that qualify, and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising to pay for funeral expenses.  If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.

Low-cost direct cremation services are available to residents of Apple Gate, Birchwood, Breckenridge, Broadmoor, Brodie Creek, Candlewood, Capitol View, Capitol View/Stifft’s Station, Chenal Ridge, Chenal Valley, Cloverdale, Colony West, Downtown, East End, East Little Rock, Echo Valley, Fair Park, Geyer Springs, Gibraltar Heights, Governor’s Mansion District, Granite Mountain, Gum Springs, Hall High, The Heights, Highland Park, Hillcrest, John Barrow, Leawood, Mabelvale, Mushroom Pass, Oak Forest, Otter Creek, Parkway Place, Pleasant Valley, Quapaw Quarter, River Mountain, River Ridge, Riverdale, Robinwood, Rock Creek, Rosedale, St. Charles, Santa Fe Heights, South End, South Little Rock, Southwest Little Rock, Stagecoach, Sturbridge, The Heights, and Hillcrest, the Villages of Wellington, Wakefield, West End, and Woodland Edge.